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  • Mary Belle Cowley

  • Mary Belle Cowley, 72 of Columbus passed away Wednesday November 4, 2009 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO following a lengthy illness.

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  • Mary Belle Cowley, 72 of Columbus passed away Wednesday November 4, 2009 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO following a lengthy illness.
    Mary was born August 13, 1937 in Columbus, the daughter of Mackie and Grace (Mayhood) Hale. She married Stan Cowley June 6, 1953 in the Oswego Christian Church and the couple made their home in  rural Columbus. Mary worked for Dr. Davis for many years until ill health forced her retirement. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and family person. She loved following the activities  of  her children and grandchildren which included sports , dance , theatre and family gatherings. She was known as the family matriarch. She enjoyed, gardening, crafts and watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball.
    Mary was a member of the First Christian Church and the Girls Day Out Club. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son-in-law, Bill Werling. She is survived by husband: Stan of the home. Three daughters: Sheri Werling of the home; Becky and husband Mike Adkins, Webb City, MO; Sandye Boyes and Steve of Columbus. One son: Rick Cowley and Kathy of Carl Junction, MO. Eleven grandchildren: Suzette Delmez, Cory Boyes, Shadd Delmez and Angela, Deidre Adkins, Denise Keats and Scott, Shane Delmez and Jennifer, Shawn Delmez, Steffanie Boyes, Kristin Boyes, Savannah Cowley, Trent Cowley. Nine great-grandchildren. One sister: Norma Carr and Bob of Kissiee Mills, MO. Two brothers: Neil Hale and Kay of Columbus and Steve Hale and Beverly of Columbus. A host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
    Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 9, 2009 at the Murdock Funeral Home with Pastors’  Roger Beason of the First Christian Church and Charles Gibson officiating. The Eulogy will be given by her nephew,  Dean Jessee. Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery south of Columbus. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Murdock Chapel. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the American Diabetes Association with the funeral home serving as custodian. Condolences may be left at murdockfuneralhomes.com.

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